Apps for Dev – Winners Announced!
Winners of the first Apps for Development competition were just announced at an event at the World Bank offices in Washington DC. The competition was launched last year and challenged software developers around the world to use the Bank’s now freely available data to create apps that solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
The Winning Apps Are:
First Prize Winner - StatPlanet World Bank (Australia): This app, helps visualize and compare country and regional performance over time. The user can select from among the 3000+ indicators covering virtually every dimension of economic, social, and human development.
Second Prize Winner - Development Timelines (France): Development Timelines puts global development data into historical context to better understand how events such as war, education reforms, or economic booms and busts, affect progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
Third Prize Winner - Yourtopia - Development beyond GDP (Germany): This interactive app allows one to sum up human development according to one’s criteria and, through a short quiz, select how important different dimensions of development are.
Popular Choice Award - WORLD (Macedonia): This award was determined by an online voting public. This app selects data at random to generate concise statements about progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.
In addition, the Large Organization Recognition Award was given to International Project Funding: US Foundations and the World Bank (USA), an app that shows funding for agriculture, fishing, and forestry projects from the World Bank and US foundations, as well as the percentage of land cover in each country that is occupied by forests or cropland.
Honorable Mentions were given to World Bank Widget (Finland), Get a Life! GAME (Netherlands), Know Your World (USA), Bebemama mobile app - Empowering mothers (Thailand), TreePet (Mexico), Economic Data Finder (UK), Indicators Lab (India), FACTCHA: Stop Spam, Advocate for the MDGs! (Kenya), MDG Chart Generator (Jamaica), and MDG Maps (Uganda).
World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick presented the awards to the winners and said, “One of the reasons we threw open the doors to our data was that we recognized we don’t have a monopoly on innovation. These apps clearly demonstrate how the software development community can harness technology to analyze and tackle some of the world's long-standing problems.”
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